1st April 2005




‘When is a Dome Not a Dome?’ is the unlikely question which will be asked at the University of Lincoln in Hull next week.


Posing the question will be Professor John Chilton, Head of the Lincoln School of Architecture, whose professorial lecture will describe long-span structures from the Pantheon in Rome to the Millennium Dome in Greenwich.


His talk on Thursday 7th April at the university’s Saville lecture theatre in the Derek Crothall Building on George Street will focus on the development of lightweight long-span structures from the Roman period to the present day.


“Since the human race first experienced a need for buildings in which a large number of people could assemble, architects and engineers have striven to produce lightweight structures of ever-increasing span, many described as ‘domes’,” says Professor Chilton.


“In the mind of a structural engineer a dome is a structure that has a distinct form and behaviour. Many modern long-span structures are described as ‘domes’ when their primary load-bearing system does not accord with the engineering definition.


“Some actually work almost entirely in tension, although they still may be more or less dome-shaped, such as the Millennium Dome. Such advances have even made it possible for modern roofs to be lighter than the weight of air they enclose!”


Professor Chilton came to Lincoln from the University of Nottingham in 2003 and became Head of the Lincoln School of Architecture at the beginning of 2004.


Registration and refreshments will be available from 5.30pm and the lecture will be delivered at 6pm, concluding with wine and a buffet at 7.20pm. Admission is free, members of the public are welcome to attend and no prior knowledge of the subject is required.


For more information or to book a place please contact Rebecca Platt on (01482) 311702 or email rplatt@lincoln.ac.uk.



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